MINOCQUA - Science can be all periodic tables and textbooks - or it can be fun.
MHLT Elementary students showed just how much fun it can be tonight at their Science Fair.
You don't expect to hear laughter in a science lab, but Professor Gizmo got students and parents laughing and engaged with his wacky experiments.
Principal Rob Way says that kind of learning is important.
"Science brings out the natural curiosity in kids. It's so important for kids to have that joyful, rich learning environment," Way said. "Kids are able to learn about all their subject areas - math and reading and social studies - through science. It's a great avenue to bring together learning."
Students agree. They showed off projects to friends and family.
Fifth grader Zoe Botes is working on an experiment with chicken and ostrich eggs.
"I like doing the big projects like this and it's fun having to show people and you parents the projects that you've worked hard on," she said. "Especially showing them the ostrich eggs and the chicken eggs and that they're going to hatch and everything. So it's very fun."
MHLT has hosted an annual Science Fair since 1997.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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